Destination Wedding Wish Nationally Recognized
December 4th, 2013
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27 November 2013
Local Business Owners Nationally Recognized
Leanne Unger and Ilene Goschke celebrate in Europe as members of the prestigious TPI Chairman’s Circle
STEINBACH, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s leading and largest network of over 850 independent travel advisors, celebrated the success of its top 10 travel advisors on an AmaWaterways river cruise in Europe to commend their business achievements.
“It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce those being honoured as among our top ten highest achievers are local travel advisors, Leanne Unger and Ilene Goschke,” exclaimed Tim Morgan, Vice President of TPI
Visiting Germany, Austria, and Hungary as well as the surrounding areas for 8 days, Unger and Goschke enjoyed their success along with their TPI peers, and a delegation of TPI staff, including Morris Chia, President and CEO, Tim Morgan, Vice President, and AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner, Kristin Karst.
“Leanne and Ilene work tirelessly helping their customers live out their travel dreams with the ultimate success being a thriving business and most importantly long-lasting relationships with their clients,” said Morgan.
The esteemed Velocity Reward Program, exclusive to TPI advisors, is designed to encourage advisors to gain industry designations, participate in TPI and preferred partner functions, and build their businesses through increased sales – all the while rewarding them with incentives such as the annual Chairman’s Circle trip for TPI’s top-producing advisors and their guests.
Top 5 Tips to Avoid In-flight Theft
July 11th, 2013
Beware: in-flight theft is on the rise. Top 5 Tips to avoid this happening to you
Of all the places you could lose your belongings during your travels, you would think that the last place to get stung is the overhead locker directly above you on a plane. It appears that an aircraft is one of the best places for an opportunistic thief to target, simply because no one expects it. It’s a criminal phenomena that is on the rise. Why More and more people are trying to avoid checking in their bags, because more and more airlines are introducing baggage fees. Ironically, one of the other reasons passengers give for not checking in their luggage is they believe there can be a lot of theft from baggage handlers.
People generally carry their most valuable or fragile items as on-board luggage and that’s no secret. However, items like wallets, passports and cameras are usually tossed into overhead compartments or seat pockets and simply assumed safe. What many travelers don’t consider is that all it takes is one quick trip to the bathroom for thieves to strike, even if there are people around.
Ensuring your luggage can’t move around and get damaged during a flight, putting a lock on your bag and where possible, making sure your valuables never leave your sight are a few simple precautions you can take to keep your belongings safe. Just keep in mind that the plane is no different from the train or bus.
Here are our Top 5 Tips to avoid becoming the next victim:
- Lock your bags, a thief needs to be quick and does not have time for locks
- Place your bags in the overhead bin with the zipper, or access points facing the wall and facing downward if your bag is unlocked; a thief on a flight will not remove a bag to spin it around to gain access.
- Keep your wallet, cash and passport secure on you, or in a secure bag at your feet. Do not place these items in your jacket pocket (you may take it off).
- Place a loose camera, which you may hang from your shoulder, under your legs/feet.
- If you’re in an aisle seat make sure your items, such as a laptop bag or small backpack, are fully under the seat in front of you; positioned in the direction of the window seat not the aisle side; or are in some way secured to you.
Remember that while a sealed airplane may seem like a safe place to forget the basics of protecting your personal property, there are professional thieves out there and you don’t want to be their next target. And of course — remember to take out travel insurance.
Signature Vacations announces a grand slam and hits it out of the park!
May 17th, 2013
Direct flights from Winnipeg to Freeport in the Bahamas for the winter season 2013/2014 scheduled for Saturday departures – beginning mid December!
We anxiously anticipate more great news and amazing offers as Signature Vacations brings out the new winter brochures and product line! If the Bahamas has been your destination wedding dream – the beautiful resorts, stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters available within budget and with the bonus direct flights from Winnipeg are sure to please!
Taking Destination Weddings to New Heights!
May 9th, 2013
AirTahiti Nui Hosts First Inflight Wedding
Air Tahiti Nui has held its first inflight wedding ceremony 10,000m in the air somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean between Paris and Los Angeles with a British couple celebrating their union on flight TV07 en route to Tahiti for their honeymoon. For Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant, it was their 42nd wedding ceremony as the pair travel the globe exchanging vows in unique wedding locations, including a horseback wedding in Canada, a wedding in an Ecuador temple on the Equator and even a ceremony officiated by Martha Stewart in New York, all in search of the perfect place to wed. During the Air Tahiti Nui ceremony, the bride and groom walked down the aircraft aisle and met in the first row where the flight’s chief purser recited the ceremony in English and French before declaring the couple united as “2 people 1 life”.
In front of the aircraft full of travellers, Alex and Lisa each vowed to be “life long travel partners” before placing the national flower of Tahiti, a Tiare flower, behind each other’s ears as a symbol of commitment.
The couple celebrated with passengers, who had the opportunity to sign a guest book, before retiring to business class for celebratory champagne and sugared almonds.
(Featured in e-talk Travel News)
Top 10 Tropical Destination Wedding Locations for 2013
March 21st, 2013
Tropical destination weddings have never been hotter. But if you’re considering tying the knot in paradise, then do as Wedding Planner Institute of Canada’s president Danielle Andrews Sunkel recommends. “It’s imperative to visit the location first to see if the overall vibe fits in with your vision,” says Sunkel. “Besides, ‘research’ is as good a reason as any for taking a holiday in the sun!”
According a recent article published in the Reader’s Digest the top 10 destination weddings as follows:
Beyond its stellar beaches and top notch tourist services, one of the main reasons this Dutch Caribbean island is so popular is its predictable weather. Aruba is arid and outside of the hurricane belt, so sunshine reigns all year-round.
Destinations to consider are Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts for intimate adult-only affairs, or the Divi group all-inclusives for families and the budget conscious. Renaissance Aruba Resort also has its own lovely little private island for weddings, and Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino even has a dedicated wedding planning website
Half-Dutch and half-French, this duel nation island offers services in both of Canada’s official languages. The vibe on each side is very different; the Dutch is lively and cosmopolitan, while the French side is laid-back Creole-Caribbean.
For luxury weddings, La Samanna is historically the Grand Dame, and for families and big groups, Divi Little Bay is a great choice. For secluded romance, Radisson Blu is tucked away in its own private bay and The Cliff Cupecoy Beach offers stunning seaside settings for ceremonies.
3. Cancun/Riviera Maya
The ecological diversity of this vast Mexican region provides scads of unique settings beyond beautiful beaches. Historic Mayan ruins, lush rainforests and scenic cenotes also provide picture perfect backdrops.
For an upscale, adult-only all-inclusive, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun is your best bet, while for large groups the side-by-side sister resorts CasaMagna Marriott and JW Marriott Cancun host in high style. Dreams Puerto Aventuras is a perfect choice for families, and for luxury boutique-style, Villa Rolandi on Islas de Mujeres is the spot
4. The Bahamas
Scenic tropical nuptial spots are plentiful in the Bahamas, including Nassau, Freeport, and Grand Bahama, but the most popular destination for weddings is the aptly named Paradise Island. That’s where you’ll find the famous Atlantis Resort – the ideal venue of choice for groups and families, and the upscale One & Only Ocean Club’s exceptional vistas. For the yachtie set, the island of Abacos is the preferred choice, with Abaco Beach Resort offering unique weddings that also include colourful local Bahamian traditions.
The birthplace of the all-inclusive, Jamaica has many scenic wedding spots along its famous seven-mile Negril beach, like the boutique-style Rockhouse Hotel, perched on the cliffs of Pristine cove. But if you’re really seeking an upscale, adult-only all-inclusive, head to the side-by-side sister resorts of Secrets St. James and Secrets Wild Orchid, in Montego Bay, where you can wed on a lovely gazebo pier on a private beach.
6. Dominican Republic
A perennial favourite for Canadian sun seekers thanks to its plethora of all-inclusives, most of the best wedding resorts are situated in Punta Cana. For an upscale, boutique-style all-inclusive, Zoëtry Aqua Resort exudes romance in very private settings, with a focus on health and wellness.
For families and big groups, the new Hard Rock hotel caters to the young and energetic, while Now Larimar really knows how to pull out all the stops for a sophisticated and luxurious seaside ceremony.
7. St. Lucia
Lush and lovely St. Lucia boasts scenery reminiscent of the South Pacific, thanks to its famous towering pitons (volcanic plugs) and fertile forests. Adults-only all-inclusive Rendezvous is designed exclusively for couples, and serves as an idyllic spot to tie the knot.
For a family-friendly all-inclusive, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay is ideal as a lively resort in a private cove, while for something more upscale the luxury boutique Ladera, perched 1,100 feet above the sea, boasts some spectacular vista backdrops.
8. Puerto Rico
Steeped in colour and history, with ancient forts cresting cobblestone streets, Puerto Rico also boasts a lush rainforest in its interior and idyllic beaches on its coasts. For a romantic and historic wedding site, the old city of El Convento is a luxury venue that echoes the island’s colonial past.
Those seeking a more modern, cosmopolitan seaside venue can choose the San Juan Marriot Resort on picturesque Condando Beach, or the satellite island of Vieques where the W Resort offers another contemporary beach wedding options.
9. Los Cabos
Famous for its magnificent arches ( Los Arcos), and well documented as a playground for the jet set, Los Cabos resorts now offer more moderately priced all-inclusives for the not so rich and famous.
For families and big groups, Dreams Los Cabos is the spot, while for an upscale, adult-only experience, Secrets Marquis resort has stunning vistas and celebrity guests like George Clooney.
If you can really afford to wed in VIP style, Esperanza is the chic and exclusive escape, having hosted none other than U.S. President Barack Obama.
Home of the famous blue liqueur and known for its candy-coloured waterfront buildings, Curacao is full of culture, history and idyllic beaches. Sunscape Resort is a lively all-inclusive for families and groups, and Santa Barbara Resort is cosmopolitan on its own private beach.
For luxury, downtown Sandton Kura Hulanda Resort is incredibly unique, and its sister resort Kura Hulanda Lodge has one of the world’s only tree-house mansions. Both were recently featured on The Bachelorette.
We at Destination Wedding Wish would have to agree with these tropical destinations as being most popular and due to the high demand for direct non stop flights the Mayan, Jamaica, the Dominican and Los Cabos are the highest in demand for destination weddings from our brides across Canada to date!!